10:24 AM: The Jordan Rapp story. He took a wrong turn. There is zero drafting on this course, Monty reports, and in Rapp's case it appears he was just all alone when he made a wrong turn and reentered the lap cutting 5k off its total circuit. When we spotted him in front, or a lap behind -- we did not know which -- it was as a result of the wrong turn placing him in front of the leaders.
That's a bummer for Rappstar - next time, buddy.
It's also a bummer for the 101 crew, as they've had two strange incidents already. A pro (Rapp) makes a wrong turn and goes off course, and (leading) pro woman Ashley Carusone gets struck by a car on course. Road closures, good signage, traffic control...these are all expected at a highly polished event. They're growing pains, but it makes me wonder how well organized the event was? For the one-o-one guys, if you're going to take on the big boys, then you have to be great in every department...people will expect that, since the standard is incredibly high at IM events. Hopefully they work through it, build their fan (and volunteer) base, and continue strong for the next few events, and next few years.
I can't wait to do a one-o-one event next year...Halifax, baby!